Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Abandonment: Inland Truss - Mojave, California

Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed Away - Mojave, California
I recently photographed the defunct and abandoned Inland Truss company near Mojave, California. I couldn't find much information about this place, other than they made wood trusses for buildings.  

There are two modular structures (which are nothing more than manufactured homes for businesses) parked next to each other in an "L" shape. There's a parking lot and a large yard where the trusses were assembled and loaded onto trailers to be shipped. 
Modular - Mojave, California
Inside the buildings are a whole bunch of blueprints for commercial and residential structures--hundreds, if not thousands, of blueprints. Inland Truss was a busy business in its heyday. I also found a copy machine, some desks, stereo speakers, sports awards, a coffee mug and all sorts of other left-behind items.

As best as I can tell, Inland Truss closed down within the last ten years. I have no idea why, other than perhaps the recent economic recession was just too much for this company to weather. It seems as though the company was operating business-as-usual one day, and closed for good the next.  
Walkway & Door - Mojave, California
Now Inland Truss sits abandoned and slowly falling apart. While it is obvious that vandals have visited this place, for the most part it seems as though they've left it alone. However, nature has not been nearly so kind. The harsh desert, plus some wildlife that has moved in, continuously destroy what is left.

I used a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera to capture these photographs. I post-processed them using Alien Skin Exposure 6 software.
The Sound of Silence - Mojave, California
Inland Truss - Mojave, California
Sponsorship - Mojave, California
Old Coffee Cup - Mojave, California
Desk - Mojave, California
Plans - Mojave, California
Passageway - Mojave, California
Copy Machine - Mojave, California
Office Space Abandoned - Mojave, California
Two Modular Windows - Mojave, California
Yellow Lines - Mojave, California
Leaning Pattern - Mojave, California
No Outlet - Mojave, California
Diamond In The Rough - Mojave, California

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